Business School interview training- 3 essential tips for success

Having conducted interview training for students wishing to do a post-graduate course, we at Interlanguage have been able to put together a list of the most important tips and advice which will help you nail the interview, whether it’s for your EMBA, MBA or SLOAN Masters.

1. Sell yourself - in many cultures, it is seen to be immodest to sell ones achievements and almost considered to be in bad taste. In Western culture, it is absolutely necessary to promote your merits…that is what the interviewer is looking for. Consider:
- Professional achievements
- Differentiation ie how you stand out from the other candidates
- Customers ie satisfaction, retention, increase etc
- Company investments, fund raising and profits increase
- Key responsibilities ie team leader
- Significant results

If you consider your professional experience in terms of the above, you will be able to set out all your achievements and be able to portray yourself in a positive light.

2. Demonstrate your personality - interviewers are not only looking for candidates who have an impressive professional career but also people who have a personality, i.e. a good balance of character. Why is this so important? ‘Soft Skills’ are becoming more and more essential in business and they include personality traits, strength of character and your communication skills.If you let your personality shine through, you are demonstrating that you are able to mix and socialise with the other students. Consider:

- family
- hobbies
- sports interests

Remember, you can be both professional and show your personality.

3. Do NOT memorise your answers - contrary to popular belief, it is not a good idea to memorise your answers, but DO prepare thoroughly and practise the most common questions. A trained coach can help you by providing mock interview sessions.

Please get in touch if you’d like more information on how to give a formidable interview.
Namita

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